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Julian FERNANDEZ

FERNANDEZ, Julian Captain M., of Anna Maria, formerly of Miami and Tampa, died Friday, April 26, 2013. He was born October 31, 1922 in Arvada,CO, and grew up in Tampa. He was the son of the late Jose and Nicolasa Fernandez. He attended Tampa public schools and graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1940 and went to U.S.M.S. Officer Candidate School in New London, CT. During WWII, he saw duty in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He served in all Deck capacities in the U.S. Merchant Marine and survived having 2 of his ships torpedoed. He graduated as Ensign with a Third Mate unlimited ocean license in 1944. He attended various schools to prepare for U.S.Coast Guard examinations to upgrade his license to Second Mate, Chief Mate, and Master, all oceans unlimited. In 1945, at age 22, he became the youngest Captain for Waterman Steamship Corp. in Mobile, AL. In 1954 he was appointed Pilot for the Port of Miami, at that time known as the Miami Bar Pilots. Under his leadership, this became the Biscayne Bay Pilots. He served as Chairman of the Biscayne Bay Pilots from 1960 until his retirement in 1980. At retirement, He held 10 Master's Licenses with First Class Pilot endorsement from Miami. In 1955, he was appointed by Gov. Leroy Collins to the local Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners and served continuously until the State Board of Pilot Commissioners was created by Act of Legislature. Gov. Reuben Askew appointed him to the State Board and he served as President of the State Board until 1980. He then served as Chief of Cruise Operations for the Port of Miami and International Marine Consultant assisting in creating ports in the Caribbean and West Indies and the Middle East. In this capacity he chaired numerous conventions and seminars all over the world on piloting and port related matters. He consulted with Disney Corp. in the creation of their cruise line. He also opened the South American market for an international company that built gantry cranes which brought new industry and great economic boost to smaller ports. In addition to his service with the State Board of Pilot Commissioners, he was a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, Member of The Propeller Club, Port of Miami, President of OpSail Miami, Director, Dade Marine Institute, Vice President, Marine Council, Member American Pilots Association, President and Chairman, Florida Maritime Museum, Council of American Master Mariners, and on Board of Directors, Seaman's International Park, Miami, He was a member of the Rotary Club of Miami. He was a Mason, a 69 year member of the Universal Lodge #178, F. & A.M, Tampa, He was 32 Degree, Scottish Rite, Miami, and Mahi Shrine Temple (Ambassador Corps), Miami. He was predeceased by his parents, his 2 brothers, Jose G. Fernandez (Mercedes) and Jesus "Duke" Fernandez (Hazel); his sisters, Maria Fernandez, Louisa Fernandez (Sancho Fernandez) and Helen (Frank) Perez. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Carolyn Davis Fernandez; several nieces and nephews; Carroll, Julia and Jennifer Sloan; and his beloved pets, Bubba, Olivia and Sammy. He also leaves many dear friends, and caregivers who became his dear friends and companions. While he was a man of great accomplishments, his greatest legacy is his unfailing graciousness, generosity and loyalty to his family and friends. He was a patron of the arts, a raconteur and a true Renaissance man. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 USF Pine Dr., Tampa, or the . Services will be held at Blount and Curry, MacDill Avenue Chapel, Tampa. Time and date to be announced. Visit the online guestbook at www.BlountCurryMacDill.com

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Blount & Curry Funeral Home - Macdill Chapel
605 S MACDILL AVE TAMPA, FL 33609
(813) 876-2421

Published in TBO.com on Apr. 28, 2013
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